"Fran" #1

“Fran” is number 6 of the original 6 CrossFit benchmark workouts called collectively “The Girls” (see CrossFit Journal September 2003), and it also happens to be the most revered of them all.

Today was my first encounter with her and I think I hate her or love her, I don’t know. I can’t do the “canonical” or “prescribed” weights and moves yet, but I hope to be closer or even there next time I meet her, and I plan to kick her ass anyway when I do even if I haven’t got the chops yet.

The workout:

For time:

21 “Thrusters” (95# RX’d, I did 75#)
21 Pullups (unassisted “kipping” pullups RX’d, I used the “heavy rubber band” assist)

15 Thrusters
15 Pullups

9 Thrusters
9 Pullups

I’ve seen an outstanding x-fit video where a woman named Christy does a sub 4 minute “Fran” with prescribed weights. She makes it look easy.

My time was 15:44.

I ache, I hurt. “Fran, you make me wanna be a better man.”

"Bad Luck"

3 rounds for time:

800 meter run
10 Handstand Pushups
20 Kettleball Swings

I came in first among three, but I used a lighter Kettlebell (25#) and had heavy rubber band assistance on the handstand pushup.

Time: 14:28 min.

After: Day 2 of burpee/pullup challenge: 4 burpees, 2 (failed) pullups, 2 (weak, short) bar hangs, 2 jumping pull ups.

Later today: Snowboarding for 3 hours. Life is good.